Wien, 20. September 2012 Press release

Lopatka: In favour of financial transaction tax and economic management within the EU

State Secretary Lopatka presents Austria’s positions to EU Commissioner Lewandowski

Vienna, 20 September 2012 – During a meeting with Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski, Reinhold Lopatka, State Secretary in the Ministry of International and European Affairs, reconfirmed Austria’s priorities for the upcoming EU financial framework 2014-2020: “In times when all member states of the EU are subject to stringent consolidation and cost-cutting measures, the European Union itself must also clearly signal a willingness to economise and manage its affairs carefully”, Lopatka emphasised. “It is unacceptable for us that Austria should be put in a worse position than other net payers due to higher contributions. It is one of our core demands that we keep our rebate”, said Lopatka to Commissioner Lewandowski.

With regards to the topics that are close to Austria’s heart, the State Secretary emphasised: “Supporting rural development is an absolute priority for Austria. With the help of the EU, Austria’s rural regions and agriculture have already received effective support, and these subsidies must also be available in future.”

An overhaul of EU revenues is also a priority: “Ever since negotiations have begun, Austria has been in favour of a financial transaction tax. Naturally, an EU budget based solely on traditional sources and membership contributions is doomed to remain limited”, Lopatka concluded.

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